Santa Maria Incoronata, Milan

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Church of the Coronation of Saint Mary
(Chiesa di Santa Maria Incoronata)
Chiesa Santa Maria Incoronata - Milano.jpg
Double façade of the church.
Basic information
Location Milan, Italy
Geographic coordinates Coordinates: 45°28′46″N 9°11′12″E / 45.47944°N 9.18667°E / 45.47944; 9.18667
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Province Milan
Year consecrated 14th century
Status Active
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Late Gothic
Groundbreaking 1450
Completed 1460

Santa Maria Incoronata is a church in Milan, Italy. It was completed in 1460.

Artworks in the interior include a painting by Bergognone, Christ under the Grill, the tomb of Giovanni Bossi, attributed to Bambaia, a Baroque fresco cycle of the Life of St. Nicholas of Tolentino by Ciro Ferrari, and the Biblioteca Umanistica ("Humanist Library", 15th century). The latter has three naves divided by granite columns, with frescoes of the Magisteri Sacrae Pagines commissioned by the Augustinians when they acquired the building. Of the original gardens and cloisters, only one of the latter has survived.

Grave for Matteo Bossi (died 1500) and his wife Polissena Bossi

History[edit]

The church is formed by two paired buildings. The oldest one existed as early as the communal age and was dedicated to St. Maria di Gargnano. Starting from 1400, a new convent was built annexed to it for the Augustinians, who had the structure restored in late Gothic style. The new church was completed in the same age of the election of Francesco Sforza as duke of Milan 1451, and received the current name (meaning "St. Mary Encrowned") in the occasion. In 1460 the duke's wife, Bianca Maria Visconti, commissione the construction of a new church next to the oldest one, identical and connected to it, in order to create a single, larger edifice.

The church was modified in 1654 and 1827, but was restored to the medieval appearance in the early 19th century.

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